Last week’s Charleston Instagram photos: The calm before the winter storm

Via Mark Swick.

Via Mark Swick.

I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking about snow. Ice.

Frozen fountains. Snow-covered palmetto trees. Kids beaming each other with snowballs.

Photo ops.

I totally get you. But the winter weather isn’t here yet, so sit back and enjoy some great photos from the last week.

We’ve got a pretty good mixture of skyporn, architecture and even some human-made snow.

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How did Charleston Police end up in this viral Justin Bieber meme?

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At first glance, this picture circulating social media (Twitter especially) seems like just another joke aimed at boy singer Justin Bieber, who was arrested in Miami on charges of DUI and resisting arrest.

But anyone familiar with Charleston, if you look a little closer, will notice that those are Charleston police officers giving that little boy a pretend ticket. (Hat tip to Jared Smith – coiner of #warontouror – who noticed it before I did).

Where did the photo originally come from? I emailed Charleston Police spokesman Charles Francis who said the photo was taken by the child’s father but his name was not immediately available.

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Charleston trick shot is a SportsCenter Top 10 hopeful

Should this video showing 12-year-old Jackson Stebbins kicking a football into a basketball net appear on SportsCenter? Proud mom Ellen Stebbins from here in the Charleston area believes so.

Stebbins said her son, a soccer player who attends Moultrie Middle School, had been practicing the shot for about an hour Saturday when she went out to check on him. He said, “I’m going to get it in the net, I’m going to get it in the net.”

He gave his mom a hug, flipped the football and made the shot. “The power of a mom’s hug,” she said.

Stebbins is asking for your support to help Jackson’s video get some air time. You can retweet it below:

As of publication the video had 6 views. How many did it have when you watched it the first time?

Charleston social media reacts to rickshaw sting; #WarOnTouror becomes a thing

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By Wade Spees/postandcourier.com

The #WarOnTouror has arrived, according to Twitter.

The hashtag popped up not long after Schuyler Kropf at The Post and Courier broke the story about the Charleston police sting that resulted in one rickshaw driver getting a $1K ticket.

The snark only continued from there as you can see on the Storify I created (Slideshow version here).

There was also a lot of incredulous reactions on The Post and Courier’s Facebook page. I’ve included some of those, too.

Update 1: Credit for coining the phrase goes to Jared Smith.

Update 2: A tour guide responds in a Continue reading

Charleston in Pictures: Whose pictures are they?

Some people were pretty angry with The Post and Courier this week because the newspaper asked a Facebook page to take down several Post and Courier photos that were posted without permission or credit.

The Facebook page, Charleston in Pictures, took down the photos upon the newspaper’s request and initially said it was going to delete the page (which was not part of the request). Now it’s encouraging people to people are expressing their anger with The Post and Courier and some people are reportedly canceling their subscriptions over the issue.

I suppose it’s easy for the newspaper to look like the big, bad bully in this case but the copyright laws are there for a reason and they benefit everyone. There are also ways for Facebook pages like Charleston In Pictures to exist and prosper without violating the laws.

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Icy fountains to cool rainbows – this week on Charleston Instagram

fountainWhat a long, strange week it’s been. Frigid temps, incredible sunsets, crazy clouds and, just to cap things off, a rainbow Thursday.

Combine that with the beaches and classic Charleston architecture it was a picturesque week.

Thanks everyone for participating this week.

Keep tagging your pics with #postandcourier and tell your friends.

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Rolling blackouts, frozen fountains: Coldapocalypse hits Charleston

zoellerfountainRolling blackouts, schools without power, frozen fountains.

It was a surreal day in the Lowcountry Tuesday.

See what it looked like through social media and how people responded to not having any power.

P.S. We’re also building a reader gallery over at the mothership.

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If it walks like a duck, it must be time for the weekly Charleston Instagram photo gallery

Via @el_cliente

Via @el_cliente

Lots of great stuff this week: a duck on a leash, obscure Charleston architecture and Lowcountry skies.

Speaking of skies, this week’s weekly photo assignment (in which we pick a pic to run in the newspaper every Saturday) is Lowcountry clouds. Send your best #skyporn pic to yourphotos@postandcourier.com by noon Tuesday (Jan. 7).

Finally, we have a new Instagram hashtag for you foodies (I’m guessing they don’t want my Shoney’s pics). The hashtag is #firstbitechs. Food writer Hanna Raskin has the details on her blog.

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Social media pics, video of Charleston people taking the plunge

Courtesy of Glenn Smith. Click for link.

Courtesy of Kaden Smith. Click for link.

Every January 1st, a bunch of people dress in crazy costumes or strip down to their skivvies and plunge into the frigid Atlantic Ocean.

I used Storify to capture some of the many photos from Folly Beach and Sullivan’s Island posted on Twitter and Instagram today.

Click here to view in a slideshow or look below. Continue reading